SensationAll Kids Gym Vision Statement
Children and families of All abilities now have an inclusive place to explore and play in Contra Costa County. SensationAll Kids Gym is an indoor, climate controlled, sensory environment offering various types of play and therapy-like equipment to families and children of all ages and abilities. SensationAll Kids Gym empowers families with the opportunity and specialized equipment needed to provide their children with ongoing therapy while having fun and reducing medical costs.
The Owners and Origin of SensationAll Kids Gym
Sian DeLuca, OTR/L and Patricia Medina, OTR/L, founders of SensationAll Kids Gym, are close friends who also happen to be licensed California Occupational Therapists. Patty works closely with children in both school and hospital settings and Sian specializes in school-based treatment settings. Together, they bring 20 years of clinical and professional pediatric experience.
The two envisioned SensationAll Kids after many conversations about the need for an inclusive safe space for kids with special needs and their families to come together to play, exercise, and participate in sensory based activities — a place outside of their homes or clinic environment at an affordable cost compared to the hourly rate of a therapist. A short time later, SensationAll Kids Gym was born.
Nick Cartagena, an engineer and project manager by trade, is also a close friend and part owner. You may not see him much at our play facility, but he’s diligently working behind the scenes to make this a fun, safe, and affordable facility for all.
Staff at SensationAll Kids Gym
Kelly has been working at SensationAll since January 2017 and has loved getting to know all our fun and adorable little clients. Her past experience with childcare includes working with kids with ASD and creating children’s theatre with a volunteer group CO/LAB.
Independent Contractors at SensationAll Kids Gym
Occupational Therapist – Amanda Noble, MS, OTR/L, SIPT Certified (appointment only)
Amanda has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy since 2005. Amanda has advanced training in sensory integration theory and is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She is also trained in the the Zones of Regulation, The Alert Program, Brain Gym, Handwriting Without Tears, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, with advanced focus in the areas of transitioning children off of supplemental tube feedings, working with children with gastroesophageal reflux and working with feeding the 6-16 month old . Amanda’s treatment focuses on children with sensory processing disorders, fine and gross motor delays, visual and perceptual delays, and feeding difficulties. She also incorporates self-regulation curriculum from the Alert Program and The Zones for Regulation into her treatments. She enjoys working with children who have sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities and feeding difficulties. Amanda graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an Advanced Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Gymnastics – Arista Lemos (Tuesday & Thursday Classes 3:30pm)
“Arista is an accomplished gymnast, and she is gifted in her approach and her ability to work with children. She encourages the children’s social development while they are developing gross motor skills, coordination, balance and strength. She also prepares them for success in school by building their listening skills, teaching them to follow instructions, sequencing and spatial orientation. Confidence and self-esteem flourish under Arista’s positive direction.”
– Preschool Teacher
GroovaRoo Instructor – Anthea Yugawa (Wednesday & Thursday Classes 10:30am)
Anthea believes wholeheartedly that music and dancing feeds the soul and is a natural stress reliever. She began taking classes in jazz and hip hop for recreation as a child and then competed in dance and cheer competitions from elementary school through high school.
Anthea was inspired to become a Groovaroo teacher after taking a hip-hop jazz class in the Spring 2016 that re-sparked her LOVE for dance. She feels that babywearing dance class is the perfect way to blend her passion for dancing to soulful music while connecting with her daughter, Hana and other parents in the babywearing community. Her goal is to connect, inspire, and share the sacred space Groovaroo creates.
Anthea studied Human Development and Psychology at UC Davis and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She currently works at UCSF as the Deputy Director of the Center for Science, Education and Outreach where she provides academic advising and counseling for 1st generation, underserved, and underrepresented high school students in San Francisco.
Fun Facts: Anthea LOVES being active outdoors whether it is running, swimming, hiking, or having a picnic with her family and friends! She used to compete in triathlons for about 10 years and hopes to do get back into them one day. Outside of GroovaRoo dancing, she is a part of a year round Hula Halau. She has a sweet daughter who loves dancing which makes GroovaRoo that much sweeter for her!